Lens Flares

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By now everyone who’s a fan of film and who frequents the Internet has to have noticed that director JJ Abrams’ films have their own unique aesthetic that heavily involves the overuse of extraneous lens flares. It’s almost impossible to watch one of his movies and not become aware of the blinding lights, and it’s almost equally impossible to talk movies on the Internet without seeing all of the memes that have been created to make fun of him for them. Don’t believe it? Just look at the image that’s been floating around the Internet above, or watch this supercut that College Humor did of every lens flare that appears in Abrams’ first Star Trek movie. The phenomenon is undeniable. One thing we’ve never really known is why Abrams overuses the effect so much, or how he feels about all of the flack that his films have gotten because of it. Or, we haven’t known until now, because Crave Online recently caught up with the director and, like a bunch of heroes, flat out asked him what the lens flare thing is all about. Think that’s a little brazen? Even more shocking than someone asking a celebrity a straightforward question in this day and age was Abrams’ response—not only did he own up to overusing lens flares, he flat out apologized to fans for it.

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